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I hope you don't mind, but...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff.

I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter.

It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friends and feel that I'm letting you down by not reading and commenting on your blogs, failing to send you Spark Goodies or encouraging messages, no longer contributing to Team Points and so on.

The thing is, I just got too obsessive about Sparking so that instead of it being a useful tool to help me make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle it became a heavy burden. I HAD to get as many points each day as I could, ticking off (= "checking" for my US friends!) the boxes on my Spark Points list even when I was very late for bed and desperately tired.

I was also obsessive about recording all the food I ate and the exercise I did - not in itself a bad thing, indeed we know it can be a very useful, positive thing to do, but ... well, eventually I realised that it was making matters worse rather than better.

So I've taken some time off. I hated the thought of not logging on to Spark and it was only through going to a remote part of Scotland where I had no access to a computer or the Internet for a week that enabled me to do it.

And now?

Good question.

I've taken a tentative step back into SparkLand because I want to track my food intake for a few days to see if I'm getting the levels about right.

I really miss the support and friendship I've found here but don't feel I can afford the time that 'doing Spark properly' takes. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AVANELL 7/15/2014 10:30PM

    I wondered where you were so I finally got over here to check on you! I've missed you but I understand your need to pull back a little bit to take better care of yourself! Keep up the good work and drop by every now and then to let us know how things are going!

God bless!


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FLORNH 6/27/2014 8:34PM

    Yay for taking care of yourself!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 6/27/2014 8:26AM

    I can only agree with the other comments. Use Spark as a tool as you see fit. We are all here if you decide to check in beyond that. Take care of you, sweet friend.
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MISSY455 6/27/2014 2:49AM

    I have missed you Lindsay, but you have to do what works for you. There have been times when I have had to take a step back too, so totally understand.

If you still want to track food and exercise, have you checked out the quick tracking option from the start page? I found it useful before I had the capacity to track from my phone.

Currently, I track food from my phone, or wait until the end of night when I turn on my computer. I don't turn on my computer until 9 or 10 PM, and only do what I can until bedtime. Because of that, I am not nearly as active on teams as I used to be, but that's what works for me.

Good luck as you find your path to success!

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NOT1REGRET 6/27/2014 2:27AM

    Glad to see you're getting your life balance right. Use the bits of Spark that help you, and dip in to the other bits when you feel it's right.


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KALISWALKER 6/27/2014 12:13AM

    Use Spark as it fits your needs and don't feel you have to do anything more. I only record my nutrition and exercise most times. I aim to get more exercise minutes than Spark points. I am glad you are back, but please don't feel you have to read my blog, etc. unless you really can spare the time. I want what is best for you.

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TEDCABEL 6/27/2014 12:06AM

    Key word my friend, MODERATION! I used to be obsessed with doing all the things you just related, took a year off of sparking, now if I miss a day or week or two, it's OK... Doesn't mean I've stopped healthy eating or working out...

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Three years ago yesterday Conan dropped the bombshell that he was leaving. Needless to say, I didn't celebrate my birthday the next day, or the next year, or the year after that.

This year I thought I was going to be spending the evening on my own at home, but instead I met two friends straight after work for a cup of coffee at Costa and then I was invited round for a meal at Grahame and Sue's house. It turned out to be a vegetarian feast and the whole of my Cell / Bible study Group were there too! I was given lots of cards, some roses and a pottery candle holder with scented candle.

I had a super evening and they even brought in a birthday cake with a candle on it and sang Happy Birthday to me! How kind people are! It's been the best birthday I've had in years! emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 4/6/2014 1:38PM

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/5/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon It sounds like you had a fabulous day. Woohoo! I'm so glad that you have such good friends.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/5/2014 10:30AM

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday! I hope you have many more!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/5/2014 4:56AM

    Yay! emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 4/4/2014 6:35PM

    Happy birthday!! You are such a special person--too bad some people didn't see it! Maybe some people kept you from being the special person you are!!

Anyway--may you celebrate MANY more birthdays!

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PICKIE98 4/4/2014 5:53PM

    It is not quantity of friends, it is quality, and you, my dear, have very high quality friends. SO glad you celebrated among them!!!

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KALISWALKER 4/4/2014 5:45PM

    I am so happy for you! I hope this marks the start of a new page of happiness for you.


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I'm heading Down Under

Friday, September 13, 2013

I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and not knowing how much say I'll have in what I eat and what exercise I can do. Apparently my aunt is a very good cook!

I don't think I'm going to have internet access whilst I'm away, so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.

I'm due back on 4th October, although I'll probably be too jet lagged to check into Spark Land for a day or two.

'See you' in October then.

Happy Sparking!

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    Lindsay, be sure to stop by my page and let me know you got back! ;)

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CAROLIAN 9/16/2013 2:34AM

    Have a good time bring me a kangaroo or a koala bear back xxx

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WAY2GOCAT 9/14/2013 9:14AM

    Have an emoticon time. Be safe!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 9/13/2013 4:04PM

Have a great time Lindsay! Enjoy yourself!!

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GEMLADYONE 9/13/2013 3:56PM

    Have a fabulous trip, Lindsay! Don't let the Tasmanian Devil get you, LOL!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 9/13/2013 2:02PM

    Prayers for a safe and wonderful trip!

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KRISTINSGOALS 9/13/2013 1:23PM

    Have a fun time, Lindsay!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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KIMPY225 9/13/2013 12:45PM

    Have a super, wonderful Time!!!!!!!!!!

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KALISWALKER 9/13/2013 12:43PM

    Have fun and Spark when you can!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 9/13/2013 12:15PM

    Lindsay! Go! Enjoy yourself!!! And your aunt's cooking!!!!! See you when you return!-Kris

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DEEGANA 9/13/2013 12:03PM

    Have a great one and try to log your food at least emoticon

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Two steps forward, one (big) step back

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.

On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.

A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.

Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.

By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.

I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.

Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.

I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.

The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 8/1/2013 7:49PM

    Hey, I am so sorry for your set back!! Look into some of the seated exercises on Spark, and you can always do leg lifts crunches etc, chair and floor work until you can walk / run!! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/1/2013 12:00PM

    Whew, I'm SO glad you didn't re-break it or something though! I know this has to be incredibly frustrating for you. It's so hard to live carefully, isn't it? Doggone it. Well, I hope this heals up quickly and you can get back out there and back to doing what you love. Take care of yourself, buddy!

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FLORNH 7/23/2013 4:40PM

    Oh no! I hope you are back to fully functional soon!

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LIFE-FAITH 7/23/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon I hope you are well sooner than soon!

Take care of that ankle! I so understand I have a lifelong issue with my ankle.
May you heal well! so you can be back at it all!

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GEMLADYONE 7/23/2013 4:28PM

    Ouch. That's rotten luck! Maybe just no jumping (with weights) for a while, huh? I know how excited you've been to join your friends and run & walk. Hopefully you can add those back in soon. Good thing you didn't do any damage! emoticon

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KIMPY225 7/23/2013 4:03PM

    Sorry to hear about the pain during your recovery! Keep pushing forward!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 7/23/2013 3:58PM

    Get lots of rest and keep that ankle elevated! I know it's tough to be sedentary right now, but better to heal than risk serious injury again. I'm hoping the time goes quickly for you.
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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/23/2013 3:16PM

    Rest up and come back stronger!

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KALISWALKER 7/23/2013 2:02PM

    I hope giving it a rest helps and you are back to normal quickly.

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KRISTINSGOALS 7/23/2013 12:39PM

    Oh dear, Lindsay! I'm glad that you didn't do any serious damage to it, but definitely understand how frustrating it would be to be hurting again. Take care and I hope you heal this setback quickly!


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LIVERIGHTNOW 7/23/2013 12:38PM

    Lindsay- what a cruddy twist of fate!!! I am so sorry you have had this setback. The mother in me wants to say -you over did it- that was a LOT of stress on your ankle for just starting back to your old activity level. Slow down!!! I know how anxious you are to get back out there, running was a great release for you and you spent a lot of time "out there" . Yes, please- ice and elevate!
I love your new picture. I can see the close up of my friend....and long hair!!!!
Go have a cup of tea....and go easy on your stairs!=Kris

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Strategies for success

Saturday, July 20, 2013

In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time.

Here are mine:

1. Enforced inactivity due to injury
Strategy: schedule other forms of exercise and be diligent in doing what I can

2. Used my high levels of exercise to excuse eating too much / the wrong things.
Strategy: continue to track carefully what I eat and remember what I've learned!

3. Not believing I can lose weight and becoming despondent when the scales don't do justice to my efforts.
Strategy: focus on what I HAVE managed to achieve and reward myself for sticking to my plan.

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ARTJAC 7/21/2013 1:34AM

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GEMLADYONE 7/20/2013 1:29PM

    Great strategies Lindsay! You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/20/2013 10:27AM

    You could be my twin. I, too, have had setbacks due to injury, currently my shoulder. I'm also looking to other ways to be active while I wait for my surgery to heal. I'm also being more mindful on what I eat, but I found my biggest killer is eating when I'm stressed. Definitely need to work on that along with dealing with the weight loss police as we call them. Finally, I also become despondent when the scale is being brutal. I need to come up with a reward system for behavior and then actually do that. We should brain storm on that for this challenge. Like what kind of reward we will get if we meet a certain exercise goal and what kind of reward we will get when we do LTGL. Thank you for the reward idea. I'm going to work on that this weekend!

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